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Brown lepidopteran 250511

Observed: 25th May 2011 By: vivien.karuna
brown lepidopteran 250511 cropped

Habitat is small heath-like area that developed from a horse sandpit next to willow scrub in a river valley. Plants include birds' foot trefoil, red clover, southern marsh orchid and a wild mint species. ID, anyone?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunus) interacts


wolvobirder's picture

Skipper sp.

Fat body and overlapping wings means that this is one of the skipper species. Large skipper is most likley given wing pattern and time of occurance.

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large skipper

Thanks, wolvobirder. Maybe I was thrown by the way it was holding its wings, making them look rounder than in most photos. I've uploaded a video to YouTube which may aid confirmation of ID, and called it Large Skipper as I think you're right. Here it is: What a great site this is - first time I've used it!

wolvobirder's picture


That's a fantastic video you've got there :) Yes it's wings do look a little rounded don't they. Yep I can't get enough of this website at the moment, I think it's brill. Four people have now agreed with my initial ID of Large Skipper so I doubt it could be anything else.

It doesn't beat getting outside and finding wildlife but it's good for a rainy day or to kill time stuck in the office.

John Griffiths

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large skipper and moth/butterfly distinction

Thanks. It was a bit lucky, as I couldn't see properly what I was filming, and thought it was something else until I got the video on my computer. I just saw something on the flowers and pointed the camcorder in what I hoped was the right direction! Thank you too to the others who have supported the ID. The large skipper is very moth-like, isn't it? I seem to have a vague memory that they used to be classified as moths - or did I imagine it? I searched my moth and butterfly books/pages for an ID.